Working on the Casa Grande speeder shed

Early in the month, I took pictures and measurements of the Casa Grande Southern Pacific speeder shed. I had a fresh sheet of 0.040″ styrene, some leftovers of metal roofing from the D’Amato Lumber project, and a small piece of freight car siding.

The three sides are plain styrene, the front is a combination of the freight car siding and plain styrene. I am using five Grandt Line windows, and the door is made out of more freight car siding. The siding is horizontal, and the door planks are vertical.

Getting closer

I have been planning on scratch building the Casa Grande speeder shed and putting it on my Pacific Electric layout, in the correct Southern Pacific Colonial Yellow, instead of Pacific Electric gray.

I drew up a scale plan on 1/4″ square graph paper using Grandt Line #8008 windows. While they are not correct, they are not too far off. They are smaller than the 4×6 prototype windows, and they have more than the prototype 8 panes.

Went back to the shed

I have been thinking about making a model of the shed in Casa Grande and putting it next to the Playa Desnuda freight station. Today I was in downtown CG, and I decided to measure it and shoot more picks…it is 18×22, the sides, back and roof is metal, and the front is metal and wood. The shed was used for a speeder and repairs.



I noticed a date of April t, 1938 scratched into the side…

The last sign…

When I first started this blog, I wanted to model the Southern Pacific in my new home city, Casa Grande, Arizona in the 1980’s. I wanted to tie in the Southern Pacific of my youth with the new home of my thirties. There was a lot of Espee magic still around twelve years after the assimilation into the Borg, and it made the transition to Arizona that much easier. Going down to the tracks and watching a pair of patched bloody nosed GP40-2’s felt right, even with that horrible yellow on them.  Yes, they were not a pair of GP9R’s or Cruds, but they were SP below the grime. There was even a boarded up art deco Southern Pacific station (that reminded me of an old Union Pacific station just north of the Long Beach airport).

I felt home near those tracks.  Yes, it wasn’t a long tank train pulling into Delores or a short eight car train pulling by the old boarded up Pacific Electric station in Bellflower, but is was VERY Espee, and every now and then I would see a Dash 9 that was still in all of her glory.

As with all things, Casa Grande started to change. First the station was burned down, a shame since the local historical society was in talks to save it. Then the patched GP40-2’s were repainted Borg yellow and gray. After that, the mainline was double tracked and the H1’s were replaced. Finally, even the GP40-2’s started to lose the SP light brackets that made them stand out under that horrible yellow paint. Everything that made Casa Grande railroading great was now gone..well, almost.

There is one old holdout, and I hope that someone has the foresight to save it is left. I am not sure of it’s use, but it looks like a mix of a speeder shed and a section house. All I know is that it SCREAMS Southern Pacific…